Surrounded by fortified walls and a wide moat, the citadel once contained the Durbar Hall, palaces and pleasure gardens of the Adil Shahi Rulers. Unfortunately, many of the buildings are in ruins though some beautiful fragments remain. The best is Gagan Mahal built about 1561 A.D., the building serving the two-fold purpose of a royal residence and Durbar Hall. The main architectural feature of this palace is its great central arch which has a span of 60feet 9 inches. Here was enacted some of the capture of the momentous incidents of history. It was here that, Aurangzeb, after the capture of the city, commanded the unfortunate king, Sikandar Adil Shah to appear before him in silver chains. The building though roofless is a popular spot as it is set in large well landscaped public garden.
How to Reach :
Nearest airports are Goa, Pune and Hyderabad Internation airports. Belagavi is the nearest domestic airport.
The railway station is linked with Bengaluru, Mumbai and other major cities.
Vijayapura is well connected with other cities by bus.